Friday, November 6, 2009

Freedom Through Truth

What a Presumptuous Name For a Blog

When I started this blog in May 2009, I was planning on using the truth to uncover problems in the Human Rights industry. "You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free." Sound familiar? I wrote about particular cases that caught my attention because of what I and others saw as the absurdity of the rulings that were rendered. I hope that what I wrote was true.

But along the way, I met some people, people like Stephen Boissoin who had been victimized by a system that seems more absurd the harder I look at it. As I read about Fr. Alohonse de Valk, Bishop de Angelis and Bishop Henry, whom I had some personal knowledge of previously, and Stephen, I became "chilled" by the powers of our human rights commissions to turn lies into truth for their own purposes. I was shocked, I tell you, shocked.

But, over the last few months, I have felt compelled to write about The Truth, not just things that are, or appear, true to me. I have studied Christian teaching, both Catholic and Protestant, as I have sought the nuggets of real truth that I could hold onto in this crazy mixed up world we inhabit.

I discovered that "You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free," is far deeper than I could ever imagine. It has led me inevitably to a deeper relationship with Jesus, who called himself, and I believe is, the Way THE TRUTH and the Life.

So, I have been being led to THE TRUTH, not just things that are true. I have come to a conclusion, and you may have noticed it if you are a regular reader of my blog postings. If you are a regular reader, then you are one of maybe two including me, and I thank you for coming on this journey with me.

My writing is now mostly about Faith and the Catholic Church in the faith. I said in a recent post that abortion is not the illness, but a symptom of the illness that has come over our society. As well, the insanity of the human rights industry that tries to protect us from our selves is also but a symptom of a world gone crazy.

I pray that I will be faithful to doing something that I think and hope God is calling me to do, and that is guiding myself and others closer to THE TRUTH, which is found in Jesus Christ. God has been very good to me, and I am eternally grateful for that, but that goodness is too big and important to keep under a bushel basket.

It would be presumptuous for me to think that "I" know the truth, but I do have a personal relationship with He who is THE TRUTH, and you can too.

So, rather than dealing with lies that I come across, or deceptions or things that are not as they should be, at least in my own mind, I plan to focus my energies on a more positive endeavor. I might continue to write about some human rights issues as they come up, but plan to explore my faith and the faith of our fathers, in hopes that we can all have an opportunity to embrace it and return to the life that I believe Christ is inviting us all to and indeed calling us to.

I pray that I am being and will be faithful to whatever God is calling me to do here, and I urge you to pray for me as well to that end. This Blog in turn will in a small part be my prayer for you. I am a member of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organisation of men, committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ, and so I will conclude with a greeting we sometimes use, but should probably always use with each other.

Vivat Jesus.


Anonymous said...

Amen brother!!!!! Great post. This is what it is all about Michael. We step out zealous with our own agenda and what does He do?...He calmly puts His arm around us and says....walk with me. We are then drawn deeper and deeper into His presence...into love whom He is.

Steve B

mbrandon8026 said...

Amen to your Amen, Brother.

As I wander along on my journey, I know that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. But above all He is LOVE.

In the center of the vortex that we are all called into is LOVE, unimaginable, inimitable, and resounding LOVE - AGAPE LOVE.

Thanks for your comment.

Joshua S. said...


The human rights issues and event in Canada are what originally brought me here, but it is the spiritual reflections and content that keep me coming back at all hours of the day and night! I would add that your postings also reflect a masculinity that one rarely sees in personal musings about spiritual/religious matters. As a man in my later 50s, I am uncomfortable with the genderless perspectives reflected in so muich spiritual/religious writing today. Men and women are equal, we all know that. But they are also very different from one another - and for many, many reasons. To ignore this fact is to ignore part of God's divine plan.

Oh, and just to make my posting particularly appropriate, I COMPLETELY DISAGREE with you. I think Freedom Through Truth is an absolutely marvelous name for a blog - this blog in particular. It describes PRECISELY what you, Michael, are seeking. Looks like you're not alone.

God blessed Truth.

God blessed Freedom.

So - it works for me!

mbrandon8026 said...

Thank you Joshua for your kind words.

If I rely on my own understandings to write this blog, then Freedom Through Truth is a presumptuous title. If, I operate in humility and allow myself to be guided by the Spirit of God in what I write, then it is no longer presumptuous, but can be God working through me as He chooses.

Thank you for your encouragement. It helps me to see that God is afoot in me, and in my brothers and sisters in this crazy world we live in.